Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sailing Trash Plastic Across the Oceans

Computer generated image of Plastiki


The adventurer and environmental storyteller, David de Rothschild, and a crew of leading scientists, adventurers and creatives are to set sail over 10,000 nautical miles across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney on a 60-foot catamaran made from post consumer plastic water and soda bottles and self-reinforced PET.

The 3 month journey is intended to inspire, educate and activate people to move towards a smarter more sustainable planet 2.0 way of living that can include. Its time to rethink waste as a resource.

The adventurer and environmental storyteller David de Rothschild and a handpicked crew of leading scientists, adventurers and creatives are to set sail over 10,000 nautical miles across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney on a 60-foot catamaran made from post consumer plastic water and soda bottles and self-reinforced PET.

By undertaking this daring expedition over three months, David and his Plastiki crew are on a mission to inspire, educate and activate individuals, communities and business’s to start moving towards a smarter more sustainable planet 2.0 way of living that can include waste as a resource.

The Plastiki Expedition will hopefully raise awareness about environmental disasters like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of the ocean loaded with floating trash that the Plastiki will sail through on its maiden voyage.

The Plastiki will be made of 12,500 two-liter plastic bottles; weigh 9 tons; and will have a composting toilet, on-board renewable energy, and a garden. The design team had a need to invent a glue that eliminates toxic epoxies, so they developed one from cashew sugar nuts.

http://www.theplastiki.com

2 comments:

  1. What I would like to know is what happened to the Plastiki, it's voyage, it's findings, it's pictures and how it made out. Did it make it to it's final destination? I was looking up garbage in the oceans and came across your link. I think what this represented is outstanding and wanted to find out more about the expedition and what it found. I look forward to your response. Thank you so much
    A very caring ocean lover,
    Liz

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  2. They made it to Sydney. You can track the voyage on http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/
    I have a feeling that the voyage doesn't really have a final destination and will continue to sail and promote its message.

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